It’s easy to put off till tomorrow what can be done today. And when it comes to our own growth, there are very specific conditions necessary to thrive, both personally and/or professionally.
For some, it is common practice to take charge of their own learning. These people are ready, willing and able to do whatever it takes to develop themselves, in order to move closer toward mastery of self and craft.
For others, it isn’t so easy to do so. Although these people strive to be their best selves, they can often times be overcome by nagging self-doubt and an inability to identify the next steps needed in their own learning and growth.
This can be the result of a number of factors. For example, not having had any real mentors or being explored to poor leaders in the past, working in organizations that did not support learning and growth, or never having experienced genuine autonomy in past jobs.
It’s necessary for leaders to consider how they are using each day to help create the conditions necessary for growth in their organizations. Especially considering these organizations probably have both types of people described above. To any leader reading this, consider this question:
How might you be differentiating growth opportunities to meet your employees where they are at in regards to their own learning and development?
With each day, comes new opportunities to empower all people under your leadership to thrive and flourish in their own unique ways within your organization. It is easy to categorize people into either being willing or unwilling to grow and learn. Just as a teacher has to differentiate their instruction to meet the diverse needs of the students under their care and guidance, every leader also has the responsibility to individualize and differentiate professional growth in a way that makes learning accessible to all of their employees.
Seneca’s quote above states, ‘As each day arises, welcome it as the very best day of all and make it your possession.’
Grabbing a hold of each day, will allow you, as a leader, to take action on the steps needed to empower those around you to show up as their best self and feel completely supported along the way.
Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.